Last week, I received a very eye opening press release in my inbox that made me sit up and take notice and it’s my hope you will too.
Did you know that more people worldwide have access to a mobile phone than clean, safe toilets?
That’s a very disturbing statistic. 😥
Making a change
Baby-Soft 2-Ply, in partnership with WaterAid – have made it easier for us all to reduce this stat and they plan to construct toilets and handwashing facilities through the Toilets Change Lives programme.
These toilets will be built at several schools in Limpopo where, according to Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, 932 schools have inadequate pit latrines for the children to use.
What I like about this project is that it isn’t just a keyboard warrior campaign – we can all help by simply purchasing the specially marked packs when we are doing our monthly grocery shopping.
And not to make light of this situation, but let’s be honest – most of us buy 2 Ply anyway, because there is nothing worse than see-through toilet paper.
With approximately 2.3 billion people not having access to basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines – 892 million of whom are forced to relieve themselves in the open – we have to think about the impact and spread of disease (and deaths) that could have been prevented, had they had access to proper sanitation.
Through the Toilets Change Lives programme, Kimberly-Clark – in collaboration with NGOs such as WaterAid – are investing in programmes that build, repair and maintain toilet infrastructure in schools, as well as teach communities safe hygiene practices and establish local capacity to sustain these services.
John Clark, Marketing Director of Kimberly-Clark South Africa, says:
“The inadequate pit latrines in many South African schools are unsafe, unsanitary and undignified. Poor sanitation can lead to diarrhoea – the leading cause of children’s deaths under the age of five in our country. Furthermore, a recent report found that 630 million children globally do not have a decent toilet at school, affecting their education, especially for adolescent girls who often skip class during menstruation or drop out of school altogether if there are no decent toilet facilities.”
“Improving access to clean water and decent toilets helps keep children healthy and in school. Our aim with this pilot project is to restore dignity and help children to thrive.”
Robert Kampala, WaterAid’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, said:
We’re delighted to be working with Kimberly-Clark on this project to improve sanitation for thousands of schoolchildren. Through this project, we hope to create a model for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure, as well as behaviour change in schools in South Africa, improving day to day life for many and showing how toilets can change lives.”
This is the kind of campaign that really speaks to me and I will definitely be supporting the cause. There is nothing more inhumane than not having access to basic sanitation and well done to Kimberly Klark and WaterAid for coming up with a great CSI Initiative.
For more information on how you can help change lives, one pack of toilet paper at a time, visit the Baby Soft Facebook page